Plasma is the liquid substance that makes up most of our blood. It is the thick clear liquid in which all other solid blood cells live. Platelets are specialized blood cells that are essential for clotting. When a wound occurs, platelets are responsible for creating clots to stop bleeding, creating an effective barrier and promoting the closure of wounds.
Platelets also contain specialized proteins that stimulate cellular growth. PRP injection involves the use of platelet-rich plasma, which contains 5 to 10 times the number of platelets found in normal plasma. This solution helps accelerate healing in the area it is injected, improving the outcome of the scar and healing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma Procedure
Injection of PRP is an outpatient procedure that takes less than one hour. A small sample of blood is drawn from the patient and processed in a centrifuge, which separates the different components (red blood cells, platelets and plasma). The platelets are removed and mixed with the remaining blood creating a PRP solution ready to inject into the patient.
Uses of Platelet Rich Plasma Injection
Improved Healing: As mentioned, PRP injections facilitate healing, so targeted injections can make injuries and wounds heal faster and with improved scarring than would occur naturally.
Hair Loss: PRP is widely used as a treatment for hair loss. It decreases inflammation of the scalp, which worsens hair loss, while boosting the regenerative ability of hair follicle cells promoting hair growth.
PRP is an effective tool in improving wound healing and treating hair loss, among other uses. For further information on whether PRP may be an effective treatment for you, contact Dr. Umbareen Mahmood in Union Square, NY for a consultation.